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ludology Line breaks: lud|ology
Pronunciation: /luːˈdɒlədʒi/

Definition of ludology in English:


[mass noun]
The study of games and gaming, especially video games: ludology, like the games it studies, is not about story and discourse at all but about actions and events
More example sentences
  • The timeline begins in 4000 B.C. and goes up to 1999 - and includes a zillion swooping arrows showing how ludology developed.
  • In video game circles, the big debate these days is about whether video games are driven by narrative or by play-style - narrativology vs. ludology.
  • As story and game-play fold together, ludology can be seen as providing a set of comprehensible rules for dramatic interplay based on user choices.


Example sentences
  • The ludologists see this technique as anathematic to the gameplay experience; narratologists say it adds depth and direction.
  • There is an ongoing battle between two videogame factions: the ludologists, who believe that game mechanics are everything, and the narratologists, who argue for the importance of story.
  • Ludologists allegedly argue that games should be understood from the standpoint of "play" and narratologists allegedly argue that games should be studied for their narrative content.


1960s: from Latin ludere 'to play' + -ology.

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